A delicious, traditional chicken and dumplings recipe that won the Down-Home Dumpling Cook-Off.

Difficulty Rating: Intermediate
Recipe From: Tennessee Home and Farm


  • 1 roasting hen or 4- to 5-pound fryer chicken
  • Just enough water to cover the chicken (too much makes a weak broth)
  • 4 cups plain flour
  • ¾ cup Crisco shortening
  • salt and black pepper, to taste

Tips & Notes

If using a frying chicken instead of a roasting hen, you will also need to add ¾ of a stick of butter to give broth a richer flavor. Bea recommends using only the white breast of the chicken and very little of the dark.

Video: How to Make Chicken and Dumplings



To prepare the chicken:

  1. Cover the chicken with water. Bring to a boil. Add salt to taste.
  2. Reduce heat to simmer and cook until falling-apart tender (usually about 1 ½ to 2 hours).
  3. Carefully remove chicken and allow to cool. Debone chicken into strips or small chunks.

To prepare the dumplings:

  1. Into large bowl, add 4 cups plain flour and salt to taste. Stir well. Cut in the 3/4 cup of Crisco with pastry blender until like coarse cornmeal. Add enough warm (not boiling) chicken broth (usually about 1 ½ cups) to make a stiff dough. Be careful not to mix too long because it will make dough tough.
  2. Heat remaining chicken broth to a rolling boil.
  3. Using one-third of the dough ball, roll out to about 1/8-inch thick. Cut into thumb-length strips. Drop into hot broth. Prepare remaining dough the same using one-third of dough ball at a time.
  4. After all dumplings have been added to broth, reduce heat to simmer. Add black pepper and simmer 15 to 20 minutes. Add chicken and stir very slowly until heated through and ready to serve.
Recipe From: Farm Flavor - www.farmflavor.com

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  2. Susan Keith says:

    This is the best chicken and dumpling recipe I have ever found, just like my mother made. Several times I have lost my copy and keep going back to print it again. Good work Farm Bureau

  3. Randy Watts says:

    I have watched loads of videos on how to make Southern Style Chicken and Dumplins trying to find one that looks like my Grandma used to make. Grandma’s dumplins would make you stand right up and sass yo mama ! and other insane things ! This is the only video that reminds me of Grandma’s recipe. I’m going to make these tonight. Wish me luck !

    • Jessy Yancey says:

      Good luck! Hope these dumplings turn out well with good taste and great sass! :)

      Jessy Yancey

  4. Marie Davis says:

    I will tell you that I’m single, so I bought a whole chicken and took the breast and thighs to make the stock and man, I seasoned that stock! Rosemary, Thyme, Sage, LOTS of celery, leaves and all, Ginger Powder, Black Pepper, and water and I cooked that Chicken for over an hour. Then I let the stock steep. I halved the dumpling recipe and used the stock instead of water for the dumplings. I let the dumplings and a chopped large carrot simmer in the rest of the stock as directed, – then I left them for a day. I was rewarded with THE BEST chicken and dumplings I have EVER tasted!

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  6. virginia moore says:

    thank you so much

  7. Mellie says:

    Wow, this was great. The dough came together perfectly. This was just awesome, don’t know what else I can say here.
    Thank you for sharing your recipe!